About the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
Launched in 2015, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world. In its first year, it consisted of the relaunched Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing, presented in 2015 to Bill Bryson. In 2016 the Awards were expanded to include a variety of new categories that recognise the breadth of travel and travel related publishing.
A History of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
In 2006, the Rev. Dr. William Dolman and the Authors’ Club set up the Dolman Travel Book Award to fill the vacuum left by the demise of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Awards in 2004.
Edward Stanford Limited agreed to sponsor the Dolman Travel Book Award from 2015, renaming it the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club, adding it as a category within the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.
Previous winners of the Dolman Travel Book Award
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places By William Atkins
Border by Kapka Kassabova
Interstate: Hitchhiking Through the State of a Nation Julian Sayarer
2016 Down to the Sea in Ships Horatio Clare
2014 Consolations of the Forest Sylvain Tesson
2013 The Old Ways Robert MacFarlane
2013 Sightlines Kathleen Jamie
2012 Wild Coast John Gimlette
2011 Molotov’s Magic Lantern Rachel Polonsky
2010 The Dead Yard Ian Thomson
2009 Empires of the Indus Alice Albinia
2008 92 Acharnon Street John Lucas
About Edward Stanford Ltd
The UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. After 118 years at their Long Acre address the flagship store has relocated to their new London home 7 Mercer Walk in Covent Garden, where Stanfords pride themselves on the depth of stock, sourced by experts, from all over the world.
Stanfords have been an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travellers alike for more than a century. Their roll-call of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.
It has a further shop in Bristol, a website and a specialist Business Mapping Service based in Manchester.
About the Authors’ Club
Founded by the novelist and critic Walter Besant in 1891 as a place where writers could meet and talk, the Authors’ Club also welcomes publishers, editors, agents, journalists, academics and anyone professionally involved with literature. Early members included Oscar Wilde, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Jerome K Jerome, Ford Madox Ford, HG Wells, Compton Mackenzie, Thornton Wilder and Graham Greene, while guest speakers included Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Bram Stoker, TS Eliot and Clement Attlee.
Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing
Selected by a panel of Booksellers from bookshops across the country, the award goes to a giant of travel writing who has consistently inspired others to go out and explore more. This was first awarded in 2015 to Bill Bryson.
Bill Bryson & Horatio Clare winners at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2015